Upper Valley Dispatch

‘Enterprise: The Business Magazine of the Upper Valley’ to Debut on Tuesday

I’ve been editing the Business & Money section of the Sunday Valley News for almost 20 years now. In that time, I’ve developed a deep appreciation for the variety, vitality and dynamic nature of the Upper Valley’s business community. We’re lucky to live and work in a place that has as its economic foundation not only world-class institutions and innovative companies with a global reach, but also creative and entrepreneurial individuals who harness their passion and their vision to build businesses of their own. That’s

Calm Grace In The Busy Streets of Freetown

‘Valley News’ reporter Matt Hongoltz-Hetling is currently in Sierra Leone working on a journalism project supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. During his time there, he will also be filing short, semi-regular dispatches for the Upper Valley Dispatch blog and ‘Valley News.’ This is his second post abroad. Read his first post here and more about the project here. ∎ Freetown, Sierra Leone — In Freetown, the capital city of Sierra Leone, the streets are as hot and heavy as two furiously embraced

Seeking People Ages 20-29 For ‘Valley News’ Series

The Twin States may be one of the fastest aging regions of the nation, but — lo and behold — the Upper Valley is nevertheless home to a population of people ages 20 through 29, a transformative and defining decade in many people’s lives. Photographer Sarah Priestap and reporter Maggie Cassidy, two 20-somethings in the Valley News newsroom, are working toward a series of profiles, told in pictures and words, to capture the ups and downs of life for their peers in the Upper Valley.

En Route to Sierra Leone: First, a Pit Stop in Morocco

‘Valley News’ reporter Matt Hongoltz-Hetling is currently in Sierra Leone working on a journalism project supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. (Read more about the project here.) During his time there, he will also be filing short, semi-regular dispatches for the Upper Valley Dispatch blog and ‘Valley News.’ Here is his first. ∎ Morocco — During an 18-hour layover about 25 miles outside Casablanca, in northwestern Morocco, I saw ample evidence of the region’s quick-growing economy, and the billions of dollars the government

‘Valley News’ Reporter Heads to Sierra Leone

My wife went grocery shopping the other day. Her objective: Make sure that, when I go to Sierra Leone next week, I don’t have to rely on the local food supply, which can include bush meat like Ebola-carrying monkeys and bats. The Hongoltz-Hetling household has been bustling with activity related to my upcoming trip, which is sponsored by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, and which should be of interest to Upper Valley readers. While there, I hope to shed light on a powerful, positive

From Classroom to Kitchen: Strafford Man Bakes Up a Business

Strafford — Ever dream about leaving your day job? While many of us kick the idea around, far fewer actually take the leap. But while working on a story for the upcoming Sunday Valley News , I met Erik Goodling, a middle school teacher turned baker, at least for now. Wanting a break from education, Goodling took a leave of absence and did something that scared him — opened his own business. A former chef, he bakes at his Strafford home in a wood-fired oven

Hartfordiacs, Hartfordillians, Hartfordoodles, Etc.

The Hartford town listserv hosted a spirited debate over the last few days, and it had nothing to do with budgets, recycling programs or local candidates. Instead, it was a very Hartford-centric topic: What, exactly, should one call a resident of Hartford? David Ford, of the Main Street Museum in White River Junction, started with the obvious Hartfordian, but also threw out a couple of other suggestions. “Hartfordiacs” or “Hartfordecos,” anyone? George Abetti upped the ante with a series of colorful descriptors that collectively carried

Tuesday Night Vermont Town Meeting Blog (Updated 9:10 p.m.)

Check back at this page on the Upper Valley Dispatch blog throughout the evening as we post color from Vermont Town Meeting day. Previews of town and school meetings in the Twin States can be found on our Town Meeting page, under the News drop-down. □ 4 p.m. — Voters at Town Meeting in Bridgewater this morning voted 111-11 to close Bridgewater Village School. Later, voters in Pomfret finalized the plan, 84-2, which involves merging elementary school students from the two towns into a new

‘No’ Votes in Hartford, Norwich

Preliminary results show that Hartford voters rejected the school and town budgets, and that Norwich voters rejected the police and fire station bond. Find a full report in Wednesday’s Valley News. ∎ Posted online Tuesday at 8:15 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

Bridgewater, Pomfret Agree to Merge Schools

Voters at Town Meeting in Bridgewater this morning voted 111-11 to close Bridgewater Village School. Later, voters in Pomfret finalized the plan, 84-2, which involves merging elementary school students from the two towns into a new district at The Pomfret School. The K-6 Bridgewater Village School has helped form the heart of the community for a century, but enrollment has dropped to just 36 students, less than half what it was a decade ago. Find a full report in Wednesday’s Valley News. ∎ Posted online